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This course will get in-depth in helping students create variations and improvise on fiddle tunes and bluegrass songs—though the concepts will apply to any style of music. Upon registering, students will receive PDFs in tablature and standard notation for two tunes: and , along with mp3s of each tune and links to videos of the tunes played slowly. During the four-week course, we’ll look at various ways of playing the melodies to both tunes as well as various ways of getting outside the melodies using double stops, positions up the neck, blues ideas and different rhythms and licks. Each week, we’ll explore a different approach to soloing and talk about how to use these approaches on our two tunes and relate these concepts to other tunes and songs students may already know. The goal is to create more possibilities in our soloing and to have more fun playing music with other people—and to learn two tunes REALLY well!
The course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level. Exercises at a variety of levels will be given each week; students will be encouraged to focus on the exercise(s) that they feel best suits their ability level and/or interest.
Class sessions will take place on Monday evenings at 9 pm eastern time from August 21 to September 18 (with the week of August 28 off due to Matt’s touring schedule), and practice/review sessions will take place on Saturdays at 10 am eastern time from August 26 to September 23 (again, with the week of August 28 off). Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions, but they can also review the recordings of any and all sessions at their convenience.
The course fee is $125.
TUNE STUDIES CURRICULUM
WEEK 1 (August 21)
Throwing in some blues licks
Picking Exercise I
WEEK 2 (September 4)
Double Stop Exercise I
Double Stop Exercise II
Quarter note triplet rhythms
WEEK 3 (September 11)
Arpeggio Exercise I
Creating musical lines using chord tones
Eighth note triplet rhythms
WEEK 4 (September 18)
Getting up high on the neck
Positions II, III and IV in G
Licks in various positions
Combining blues, double stops and rhythms